News - Track And Field
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Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had every reason to believe their senior women could romp home in their first match of their new lower Division 2 of the UK Women’s League at Chelmsford at the weekend. Sadly, it was not the case. Yet again only a relative handful – just 14 athletes, made the trip to Essex to cover 34 events and as a result, despite everyone’s heroic efforts and almost everyone doubling and trebling in unfamiliar events to compensate for their absent colleagues, the team still managed only 6th place. Despite inspiring performances and great team spirit, a cloud of disappointment and even annoyance at being let down yet again by their Wythenshawe, Sportscity and Crossford Bridge colleagues pervaded the day. The further shame is that with just one more person the team could have been challenging for 3rd place because only four points separated the teams. Their new competitors are Bedford & County AC, City of Liverpool AC, Havering AC, Herts Pheonix AC, Marshall Milton Keynes AC, Southampton and City of Glasgow.
Pole vaulters GEORGIA PICKLES and SARAH Mc KEEVER took five hours and five trains to get from Cardiff to Chelmsford. They couldn’t bring their poles but borrowed unfamiliar ones and still won great team points. Then these two inspiring young athletes went on to do the unfamiliar high jump and 800m.....and one had an important exam the following day.
Newcomers as higher claim members CHELSEA WALKER and ALICE Mc MAHON were another two inspirations. Chelsea is top ranked UK’s U20 400m hurdler aiming for the World Junior Championships. She ran a fantastic 400mH in a great PB that was only 2/10ths short of the qualifying standard. She had every reason to rest and avoid injury and, thanks also to her coach, ran a magnificent100m hurdles for almost maximum points and then helped create the day’s most exciting highpoint with her scintillating anchor leg in the 4 x 400m relay when she made up a 100m deficit in last place to bring her team home in an incredible 5th. Similarly, ALICE WALKER. She was fantastic in running both the sprints and the relay.
Long time club stalwart and Scottish international discus thrower KIRSTY LAW was awarded 'Athlete of the Match' for her Discus performance and received £50.00. Then she threw the unfamiliar hammer and – wait for it, put herself on stand-by to do the 1500m or a 3k – all to win club points. Take note everyone!
GB international javelin thrower and the current BUCS javelin Champion LAURA WHITTINGHAM also put her pride aside and competed in the discus and hammer for the first time ever in her illustrious career – just to win Sale points. Top Scottish pentathlete JADE NIMMO had been out with injury twelve months and was competitively rusty. Nevertheless she flew all the way from Edinburgh to help out the club in the shot, 200m and 3rd leg in the 4 x 100m relay and made a big difference. Hers is another example to follow.
LUISA CANDIOLI was also ‘star’ who went beyond the call of duty. In over 25 degree heat, she ran her heart out in the 3000m, then ran herself almost to a standstill in the 1500m for more great points and then was even prepared to do a 400m relay leg. TYRA WATSON was amazing in taking on four events – the 400m, 100m hurdles, high jump and a 4 x400m leg. Well done also, Tyra.
Indeed every single competitor deserved the heartiest clap on the back for exemplary loyalty, commitment and sacrifices – ALLYSIA CARR (Triple Jump & Long jump), HAYAAT BAH-TRAORE (100m & relay), NATASHA PICKLES (Javelin), J’NAE WARD (Shot), ZENNI ENECHI and (long jump and triple jump). It’s just such a pity they were again so badly let down by their colleagues.
T & F officials BRIAN SPRIGGS, TERRY SUTCLIFFE and BRIAN GOULDEN – none any longer in the throes of youth, had laboured throughout Saturday’s heat at Sportcity for the BAL match, then rushed without a change of clothes, wash or food to catch the coach for the 5-hour journey to Essex where they spent another hot day as T & F officials and, of course, won Sale more very important points.
All of it would have been very difficult – indeed impossible without the tireless work and persistent gentle persuasion of team manager TONY SIMMONS. He’d just returned from seven days in Israel celebrating his daughter Jennifer’s wedding. Jennifer is a long-time club stalwart and hurdles specialist and another example to follow. The club wishes them ‘Shalom’ for their future lives. .
It’s a time for reflection in the face of this continuing decline for all sections to ask pertinent questions
(a) On yet another extremely busy weekend, is the club far too stretched? Is there now a need to have to prioritize club commitments or are the issues more around loyalty and commitment or something else?
(b) There’s still far too much evidence that athletes and coaches still have not programmed club matches as very important into their athletes training programmes
(c) At least one southern club rely heavily on veteran athletes for track AND field.. Is there a need for a club culture change?
Posted 08/06/2016 15:27
Sale stayed on track to defend their Northern title with a drawn match with home team Preston AC. Our girl’s team are clearly the best in the country with both girl’s sprint relay teams now heading the National rankings. The U15 team of MIA LOWNDES, LAURELLE OBI, CHLOE NEWBIGGING and PRAISE OWOEYE set a new club record whilst the U13 team of OSARUMEN ODEMWENGIE, RENE GOOSEN, MELISSA BOOTH and JASMINE RICHARDSON showed a massive four second improvement from match one. We hold the National record for the 4 x 300m relay and our team of MEGAN GREENWAY, AYLA HEWITT, LIZZIE TWITE and TESS Mc HUGH maintain their unbeaten record to go 2nd on this year’s National rankings. We again scored maximum points in the pole vault with wins from SOPHIE ASHURST and AMY HASLAM. Our long jumpers were amazing with a clean sweep of four victories from DEVON WEYMONT, PRAISE OWOEYE, RENE GOOSEN, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD. In the middle distance events out star performer was MIA GIBBONS who improved her PB by 10 seconds to finish 2nd in the 1500m. Also finishing 2nd in middle distance events were LULU GRIFFITHS, LARA CRAWFORD, ISABELLE BURKE and KATIE STRINGER. Cheshire multi-event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN competed in three events and had a great day with a win and two 2nd places. Well done to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD who won two of the three events she competed in. A special mention to KIA LICIA-CLARKSON who, having run a PB over 75m, scored valuable points in her first ever attempt at the high jump. A number of primary age girls competed for the club and performed with great credit. Well done to NIAMH BOYD, ESME ALDRIDGE, KATIE STRINGER, LIBBY HILL, ERIN DONNELLY and DIDS PARISH.
In the boy’s events, LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI again scored a fine sprint double and then teamed up with LEWIS HINDLE, THEODORE UDOISE and CALEB ADENUGA to win the sprint relay in 47.4 seconds (a time that would have won last year’s National final. Caleb showed what an amazing athlete he is with a win in the long jump and a super fast time in the hurdles. SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY again scored maximum points in the high jump whilst BROOK WYATT won the pole vault. PADDY MacKENZIE and SAM WADSWORTH scored well in the throwing events whilst the middle distance squad of SAM HEYWORTH, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, JOHN GILBERT and JOEL STRINGER all ran PB’s.
In the U13 boy’s events, our relay team of KANE SAVILLE, RYAN NEWBIGGING, JOE HERBERT and DANIEL AITKEN improved their time by over three seconds from match one to finish runners-up. All four boys ran well in sprint events with double Cheshire sprint champion JOE HERBERT making a league debut, whilst Ryan was runner-up in the high jump. In the middle distance events ALEX JAMES and ZAC GAILLEMIN ran PB’s in the 1500m whilst primary age athletes WILL PARKER, ARCHIE Mc CARRON and HARRY EDMUNDSON ran well over 800m/.MACKENA BRADSHAW competed in three events with his best performance an excellent 2nd place in the javelin.
The 3rd and penultimate match is on home territory at Sportcity on SUNDAY June 19th.
Posted 25/05/2016 09:27
Emma Lowe u/17 won gold at Macclesfield Sunday for discus
Brogan Rudman became U/15 county champion this Saturday at Macclesfield.
Well done to Brogan and his coach Dave Lowe
This a picture of Isabelle Burke who on Saturday became the greater
Posted 17/05/2016 07:51
Sale face an uphill battle to retain the British League title after finishing last in the opening fixture at Eton, but the commitment shown on this sweltering Saturday keeps it well within the realms of possibility.
The trip down south this early in the season thinned out the squad, but its early days and two key positives stand out.
Strong performances in the sprints saw Aaron Crowley claim second in the 100m ‘A’ & 200m ‘B’ races, whilst Jonah Efoloko, just 16, cruised to victory in his BAL debut with an impressive 10.69.
With high calibre athletes dropping out of other events, several Sale athletes showed their dedication by committing to a busy afternoon.
This list included Alex Wort (5 events), Callum Roughneen & Callum Browne (4), James Bailey & Aaron Crowley (3) and me, Alan White, Andrew Burgess & Jonah Efoloko (2).
Learn the lessons, take the positives and look forward. The next match is on home turf at SportCity, giving Sale a great chance to get the season moving and dominate the fixture. Clear those diaries.
Posted 10/05/2016 08:10
Sale Harriers had two athletes ALEX WORT & LISA JAMES, graduate with fantastic top podium positions in the tough, competitive British University Championships. Lisa retained her U23 triple jump BUCS title with a new PB of 12.83m. This keeps her on top of the UK rankings.
ALEX WORT won another medal to go with the indoor one he won during the winter. Alex won the bronze in the 110m hurdles final in a massive new P.B. of 14.59s. See the videos below. Said his father, “If you had offered him a university athletic career of 6 national finals in two disciplines (pole vault and hurdles, indoors and outdoors) and 2 national medals for his 3 years at Brunel University at the start of it all, he'd have taken it. That's what he has done. Bravo! We spent a pleasant couple of days down in Bedford watching what we assume will be our final British Universities Championships for awhile as Alexander graduates in July. It proved to be worthwhile."
Posted 05/05/2016 10:13
After a busy Saturday competing in the Youth Development League Sale Harriers entered a U13 s Girls Relay team in the M60 Track Relays event at Bury Athletic Club, competing against a number of local clubs in the Greater Manchester area. Sale competed in the 4 x 100m event.
The Girls team comprised of Jasmine Richardson, Dids Parish, Hermione Mason and Sofija Dragisic Wood.
In this competitive age group the girls qualified through the heats, and then had a few hours wait until the final later in the day. The rain stopped just as the girls lined up for the final and from the gun the girls led the race from start to finish, wining by at least 25metres. There were lots smiles and proud parents as the girls where awarded their 1st place medals.
A big thank you must go to the M60 Athletic network for putting on this event, also Bury AC for hosting the relays. Not forgetting all the Officials and volunteers that made this a successful day,
Lets hope this could become an annual event.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:58
Sale started their defence of their U13 & U15 Northern League title with a 50 point victory over Preston in their first match at Spinkhill, Sheffield. Our girl’s team were particularly impressive and under the team management of CARL WORTHINGTON, has remained unbeaten at Northern and National level since 2013. We hold the national record for the 4x300m relay and our team of TESS Mc HUGH, LIZZIE TWITE, JESS NELSON, and MIA LOWNDES won by five seconds whilst an equally awesome foursome of LAURELLE OBI, RUKA SHONIBARE, PRAISE OWOEYE and CHLOE NEWBIGGING won the sprint relay by fifteen metres. We again scored maximum points in the pole vault with LUCIE WOLFENDEN and SOPHIE ASHURST (the daughter of Sale Harrier Commonwealth PV Gold medallist, ANDY ASHURST), both vaulting PB’s to win their event.
Our middle distance runners were in fine form with LARA CRAWFORD, ALYSSA DAVY, TIA RAE BARTON and ALICE TONGE all winning their events. Northern champion DEVON WEYMONT was runner up in the long jump whilst ANNA KERSHAW won her hurdles event with a big PB. Cheshire multi event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN and silver medallists SCARLETT WHITTAKER each competed in three events, setting PB’s and scoring a shed load of points for the club. Our star performers in the U13 girls were RUBY BELL with a big PB in the 800m and RENE GOOSEN with PB’s in both sprints. It was very encouraging to see so many Primary age girls competing for the club and showing so much talent and maturity. Well done to ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS, JASMINE RICHARDSON, LIBBY HILL and ERIN DONNELLY. A special mention should go to MELISSA BOOTH who, unable to run at the moment through injury, learnt to throw the javelin and finished in the silver medal position and National Biathlon Champion OLIVIA HERRON who took time out from a swimming gala in Leeds to travel over to Sheffield and win her 800m event.
Our star in the boy’s event was LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI who scored a fine sprint double victory and teamed up with LEWIS HINDLE, SAM EBONINE and ODUOISE THEODORE to win the sprint relay by an incredible 25m. Further sprint success came when ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN, SAM HEYWORTH, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS and SAM WORTHINGTON teamed up to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. BROGAN RUDMAN finished 2nd in the hurdles with a new PB whilst BROOK WYATT was runner up in the pole vault. Once more we gained maximum points in the high jump with SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY whilst BEN KIRSH, SAM WADSWORTH and VEER BATRA scored well in the throws. SAM WORTHINGTON and ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN competed with great success in four events each and contributed a massive points total to the score. – truly men of Sheffield steel!!!! ALEX JAMES was our star in the U13 boys winning the 1500m in a new PB. The rest of the team showed great spirit and commitment to the club but as most are still at Primary school we can expect better performances as they gain experience.. Well done to KANE SAVILLE, RYAN NEWBIGGING, DAVID AITKEN, TOM BOYD, WILL PARKER, ARCHIE Mc CARRON and MACKENA BRADSHAW.
A special commendation must go to DAVE MARSH, the boy’s team manager, who had a particularly difficult job to turn out a good boy’s team. The girl’s have many more talented athletes and competition for team places is fierce. Those disappointed in not being selected should keep competing (in a ranger of events) in championships and open meetings. We must also send out a big thank you to the club officials – some of whom were parents, who were awarded the maximum 55 points for the club.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:40
On a cool grey showery spring day The Regional Championships for Disability Athletes took place at Sport City. Rarely do these athletes get mentioned and many members may not even know of their existence. Pray that you are not struck down like Sale Harrier Lee Whiteley (coach - Keith Hunter) who one minute was leading a normal life as a club athlete when his world was turned upside down by a sudden illness. His competitive streak led to him not giving in and he battled back to compete at the highest level, leading to a World Championship medal in 2013 in Lyon. He joins young Chloe Knight (coach - Keith Hunter) who has a World Indoor Bronze amongst other medals in T/F20. Robert Wilshire competed in the old YDL in Long Jump going almost unnoticed.
Coming back to today our young Sale Harrier Finlay Freeman (coaches - Hunter/Wilshire) collected two Championship medals at the Regional Championships, one for Sprints and one for Long Jump. May his determination and success in a Sale vest long continue.
Posted 25/04/2016 08:00
There were lots of Sale athletes on show for the first Outdoor track event of this year. A typical British spring day keeping everyone guessing with spells of pleasant sunshine breaking through but at times when the cloud cover prevailed there was still a bit of a chill in the air. None of this bothered the likes of Isabelle Burke who ran away with the 1200m Gold medal in 4.08 the second fastest time in the UK this year so far, with fellow Sale athlete Lizzie Hill taking bronze.
The fast improving Sam Heyworth raced well against Yorkshire champion Ethan Hussey and got a PB AND A SILVER only half a second adrift. The sprinters were not to be outdone with 14 PB s gained. A total of 9 athletes in middle distance events took PBs. Field events such as Javelin are on hold over the winter and the jumps are restricted to indoor events such as our open meets. 6 Javelin throwers, who may not yet be specialists, improved their PBs whilst 5 Shot Putters did likewise.
A further 8 athletes in Long jump improved too. Scarlett Whittaker was only 1cm off her High Jump PB. The youngest age group, under 11 athletes, appeared in 20 events and have not been included in the former totals. It’s a great way to start the year and testament to the very good work which is done at Crossford Bridge, Wythenshawe and Sport City. I noticed 8 Sale coaches there, but there could have been more. Let’s not forget the hours they spend helping athletes taking their first tentative steps in this sport.
Posted 07/04/2016 12:15
Posted 14/03/2016 16:16